DOVER-FOXCROFT – About a dozen people gathered outside the Piscataquis County Commissioner’s Office Tuesday morning as the commissioners met inside to sign a resolution in protest of Gov. Janet Mills’ COVID-19 mandates.
“I’m a believer in exactly what the commissioners are doing,” said John Linnehan, an Ellsworth resident. “I’ve been going to all the rallies around the state of Maine. I am a patriot as you can tell by my suit that I love America, and I’m against the lockdowns, and I’m trying to get Maine reopened the way that it always was.”
The folks in the parking lot showed support for the resolution that among other things, calls COVID-19 “the Wuhan Virus” and says masks cause pneumonia and respiratory diseases.
“We do believe firmly God has answered that prayer given that by my understanding of any statistics that we’ve been provided with that this county still has the lowest rate of any infection rate in the area,” said David Homchuck, a Guilford resident.
They stressed the importance of having representation.
“We should be able to have the right to choose for ourselves what we can and cannot do,” said Tracey Padron, a resident of Guilford.
Many people who oppose the resolution listened to the meeting on Zoom; however, the commissioners left the call before many were able to speak.
“It really does not represent either the people of Piscataquis County or the best interest of Piscataquis County,” said Patrick Myers, who lives in Sebec.
Myers said this was not run as it should have been.
“There were over 100 people on the Zoom end of the meeting, and I think most of them wanted to say something, and they weren’t able to,” Myers said.
Before the call was completely turned off without notice, those who opposed the resolution discussed taking further action, which could include an effort to remove the commissioners from office.
“They need to start working with their constituents instead of against them,” Myers said.